Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jun 7, 2013
    I wish Rowley didn’t so often dabble in standard movie-thriller-style stylistics, but his film is an exposé of practices that need – demand – exposing.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jun 6, 2013
    [A] pessimistic, grimly outraged and utterly riveting documentary.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jun 14, 2013
    The film is a documentary, pure and simple. But the movie, by director Rick Rowley, plays out like something of a murder mystery.
  4. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Jun 14, 2013
    A remarkable documentary as important as it is compelling.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Hen
    Jun 9, 2013
    An eye opening and frightening movie about the covert actions of our government and the actions they are taking to cover it up. The trampling on our Constitution is an outrage. A MUST SEE MOVIE! Full Review »
  2. Jun 25, 2013
    The presentation and style of the movie is a little distracting, putting Scahill front-and-center with a noir style running commentary. That said, Scahill is a great journalist and the information presented in Dirty Wars is essential to all Americans. The movie is an introduction and an eye-opener, but I recommend following up with Scahill's book of the same name. The book is far more detailed and encompassing. Full Review »
  3. Nov 30, 2013
    Essential viewing for anyone who still retains a shred of independent thought. This courageous work is unique in that it tells it like it is the sad truth which is so often obscured. Highly recommended and then go watch Oliver Stone's 'Untold History of the United States,' and you will see... Full Review »